Kianda Foundation was started as a non-profit making Educational Trust aimed at promoting the educational, professional, cultural and spiritual welfare of women in Kenya. A Trust Deed established the Foundation on 9 January 1961. It is registered under the Land (Perpetual Succession) Act. It achieves this aim through the establishment and management of schools, colleges, and training centres for both women and girls, thus promoting their general education. Kianda Foundation projects have grown continuously over the years in answer to the real needs of women’s development in different fields at a particular time. The projects of the Foundation respond to the conviction of the Trustees that women provide the key to a social development based on Christian values.


A dignified life for every woman in Kenya through quality education.

To provide quality and personalized education to women and girls, developing all aspects of each individual to the full in accordance with Christian principles.


  • Formal education (from kindergarten, primary to secondary school level)

  • Technical education.

  • Adult literacy

  • Cookery, Nutrition and Hygiene courses

  • Income generating activities and business skills development courses for rural women

  • Health care provision

  • HIV / AIDS awareness courses


The Foundation was set up by a group of professional women in Kenya who decided to place their education, management expertise, time and knowledge at the service of women in this country.


Their role is to safeguard the aims of the Foundation, and make sure that all activities fall under them.

  • Olga Emily Marlin, M.A. H. Dip. Education

  • Prof. Christine Gichure, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

  • Bernadette Musundi, M.A, Administration and Management

  • Wilfreda Chepkoech, H. Dip. Pharmacy

  • Seraphina Mwangi, H. Dip. Business Studies

  • Dorothy Khamisi, B.A. (History and Linguistics), Masters in Educational Management


The role of the Management Board is to set up different projects, look for funds, train personnel to look after them and provide training backing until the project is running smoothly.

  • Mercedes Otaduy – Managing Director

  • Jayne Njoroge – Administrator & Finance Controller

  • Susan Kinyua – Public Relations / Outreach Program Manager

  • Jennifer Maina – Accountant


Kianda Foundation relies on funding from donors both in Kenya and overseas. Expenses of the running of the Trust are kept at a minimum, employing only the essential staff and relying heavily on the volunteer work of dedicated professionals.

International Partners.

  • Fundación RODE (Spain)

  • ACTEC (Belgium)

  • ICEP-Austria

  • ICU -Italy

  • FISC – Spain

  • Fundación del Valle – Spain

  • Fundación Carmen Gandarias – Spain

  • IECD (France) in collaboration with the European Union

  • Action Aid – England

  • German Government

  • Stiftelsen Ateneum – Sweden

  • Fundación Montblanc (Spain)

  • United Nations Women’s Guild (Switzerland)

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

  • Inter-Culture (Helsinki) in collaboration with the government of Finland.

  • Foundation for Social and Cultural Advancement (United States of America)

Kenyan Partners.